Organizing your kid’s room can be a lot of fun. Hopefully, once you’ve got it organized, you’ll be happy and relieved to have it done and ready to be enjoyed. However, most parents find that simply beginning the organizing process is usually somewhat overwhelming.
When organizing your kid’s rooms, it’s much easier for everyone if you abide by the following guidelines:
• Have Fun and Be Creative
Based on the things your children likes, such as building, art or cars, create a fun theme in their room. Children need a beautiful, comfortable space to help them tap into their artistic ability and creative powers.
• Keep It Practical So It May Grow as They Grow
For example, use a bookcase and baskets to store toys rather than a toy box. This is practical and does not require you to buy new furniture as your child grows. Your teen will be able to use a bookcase, but not a toy box. Also storage bins used for toys when they’re young can be used to hold make-up, school work or trinkets as they get older.
• Encourage and Motivate Them to Get and Stay Organized
Children are natural explorers, which usually means you’ll have a mess on your hands when they’re finished. As you organize their room, make it easy for them to keep it that way. Use labels, make cleaning up easy to do and fun, and organize it so they have access to what they need.
• Make It Colorful
Ask for their input regarding the theme, colors and organization of the room and use their ideas and input. Do they want plastic bins or cloth lined baskets? Be prepared to buy what they ask for since you’ve given them a choice. The more your child helps with getting the room organized, and the more fun the room is visually and physically, the better the chance it has of staying organized.
• Organize Specific Areas
As you get organized, think about which areas of the room are most likely to get messy and disorganized the fastest. Usually, these areas include the closet and the toy and play area. Many kid’s closets are out of reach of the child and therefore inaccessible, which is why they quickly become messy and disorganized. To remedy this, make modifications based on their age and what you want them to have access to. Take advantage of hanging closet organizers, shelving, baskets and containers. No matter what age they are, the things they need should be where they can reach and see them.
• Everything Has Its Place
As you organize your child’s room, it’s important to have a place for everything from artwork to trinkets and shoes to balls. Does your child have a filing cabinet? This is an important question because it’s a good idea to have a place for your child to store things like school work, pictures, cards and the many other pieces of paper they collect throughout the year. Without a space for these items they will be scattered around the room and disorganized, or lost entirely.
• Use Space Savers
Using space savers and organizers is going to make a huge difference in whether or not a child’s room stays organized. Invest in inexpensive under the bed organizers and bins, storage boxes for the tops and bottoms of the closet, shoe racks, bookcases, shelving, baskets, canvas bins and the like. These items make great storage areas for toys and clothes and when the child is young and knickknacks and gadgets as the child ages. Additionally, they make organization attractive and fun.
• Limit New Items
The ultimate thing you can do to organize your child’s room and then keep it organized is to stop collecting items. Ask friends and family not to give your child items without your approval. Stop buying your child things every time you go to the store. If an item you’re debating purchasing doesn’t have a space or a place where it can be put in your child’s room, don’t buy it..
Hopefully these simple guidelines will provide you a clear to path to getting your child’s room organized and keeping it that way, with their help of course. Children are going to make messes and things will get disorganized. If you engage your children in the organizing of their room and make a game of it, they’re more likely to follow your lead and keep their room clean.